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Heart Rate Monitors Can Help You Stay Hale and Hearty One Beat at a Time

By on Last modified: May 20, 2016

“Listen to your hearth” is not just some cheesy quote from a Disney cartoon or a song by Roxette. Actual listening to your heart or better yet, monitoring your heart, has proven to be very useful during training and exercise. You should understand that fitness is not only about the amount of exercise you get, but also about the levels of intensity of the exercise. The trick is all about balance. If you push your body too hard, you will run yourself into the ground. On the other hand, if you don’t push yourself hard enough you will never improve. Fortunately, you don’t need medical school diploma in order to find your heartbeats per minute sweet spots. Nowadays, if you are going for efficient exercise heart rate monitor watches are the perfect solution for you.


There are two basic types of heart rate monitors or HRMs. One of them is the chest strap model which features a sensor on a chest strap that detects your pulse and then sends that data via a wireless signal to a wristwatch receiver that displays your heart rate. The other type is the strapless model which has the sensor on the back of the watch or on the watchband. Strapless models tend to be a little less accurate than the chest strap models, but with strapless HRMs you avoid the discomfort that is sometimes associated with the chest strap model.

A heart rate monitor can benefit people that engage in different types of physical activities such as joggers, walkers, runners, cyclists, hikers, climbers, weight-loss participants, injury-rehabilitation patients, and so on.

The most important benefit of a heart rate monitor is that it helps you maintain the heart rate target zone that is optimal for your specific goals. There are four basic heart rate zones, each one with different physiological effects that enhance your training.

  • The Energy Efficient Zone or otherwise know as the recovery zone is for developing basic endurance and aerobic capacity. And for losing weight.
  • The Aerobic Zone is good for developing your cardiovascular system, as well as fat burning and improving aerobic capacity.
  • The Anaerobic Zone will develop your lactic acid system. This is where your anaerobic threshold is found or the point where your body can no longer remove the lactic from your muscles. However, with proper training you can increase the ability to deal with lactic acid, thus pushing the anaerobic threshold higher.
  • The Red Line Zone is only sustainable for a short period of time. Training in this zone improves tour fast twitch muscle fibers and helps develop greater speed. However, only very fit people are able to train in this zone.

Basically, during exercise heart rate monitor wristwatches give your real-time data on your workout, making sure you get the most out of it.